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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Coogler will serve as a producer for the film, which will feature James in his first starring role. Terence Nance, creator of Random Acts of Flyness, will direct.
“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” James said. “It’s so much bigger. I’d just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don’t just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people.”
SpringHill Entertainment, the media company founded by James, has also released a teaser photo for the upcoming film.
The original Space Jam was centered around Michael Jordan, with the film offering an alternate history of what happened between Jordan’s retirement from the NBA in 1993 and his return two years later. In the movie, Jordan helps Bugs Bunny and his friends win a basketball game against a group of aliens who want to enslave them in an amusement park.
It’s unknown if Jordan will be involved in the sequel but he is aware of it. A couple of years back, he offered his thoughts on who should succeed him for the second Space Jam at a kids summer camp — Blake Griffin.
Although Griffin won’t be in the film’s starring role, maybe he’ll still be included as a supporting actor. Production on the Warner Bros. film is tentatively slated for 2019, during the NBA offseason.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter